Boomtown's Scores

  • Games
For 1,003 reviews, this publication has graded:
  • 35% higher than the average critic
  • 4% same as the average critic
  • 61% lower than the average critic
On average, this publication grades 4 points lower than other critics. (0-100 point scale)
Average Game review score: 70
Highest review score: 100 Forza Motorsport 3
Lowest review score: 0 Limbo of the Lost
Score distribution:
1003 game reviews
    • 89 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    Unlike many other games, there is little satisfaction in the subtle degrees between the player's success and failure, only the obstacles in the way of the next point in the plot.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    It may lack the cinematic punch of the big guns of Jak and Ratchet, but it never plumbs the depths of Ty or Crash.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    I really enjoyed playing Dirt 2. It breaks my heart really to give it a low overall score, but you just can't expect people to pay high prices for very little content. In these hard economic times value for money is as important as gameplay.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    It’s a more enjoyable and slightly more challenging game than the first, and it’s perfectly suited to the system and to the typical Wii demographic.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    A very pretty game, gorgeous in fact, with plenty to do and see. But ultimately it just doesn't quite seem new enough. It's an example in safe game development and taking the easy path, but while it lasts, it's a fun path.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    It’s a good game, but nothing more. It’s certainly not great. The single-player game isn’t very well balanced for most gamers and at times seems rather unfair.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    Yes, there's plenty to do here, but you're really going to have to put in some effort to get the best experience back, and the game doesn't incentivise it beyond the hope of improving your skills.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    In a very narrow sense, Champions provides a set of features and a whole lot of polish to keep things interesting for its audience and the online modes go a long way in extending things even further.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    Two Thrones just lacks that special spark. Thus it is difficult to think about Two Thrones without feeling regret.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    It tries so hard to be all things to all people but for me it tries to walk before it can run. Oh well, no invite for me next year then!
    • 85 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    Many of the set-pieces are utterly predictable (the mini-battlemech you meet coming up on a lift platform thing, for example, or the snipers in the distant windows on a rooftop), and the AI seems distinctly switched off for these moments.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    World At War puts on a great show, but it's the last time I'm going to be able to watch this same show without getting bored. Activision will most likely continue to make a lot of money selling us the same magic tricks even though we've been able to see the wires for some time. Where's the ambition in that though? Don't excellent games sell more than okay games?
    • 84 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    I’ll briefly abandon my objective viewpoint and daringly say that I love Disgaea. But I can find very little to strongly recommend about it.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    Neversoft is getting better at these Guitar Hero games. But if the developer can't get its note charting in order - and give us the option to choose which guitarist's track we want to play (rather than constantly moving between them) - then Guitar Hero 5 may not be as well received as World Tour.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    A shamefully small amount has changed with each game apart from graphical upgrades, new characters and some abilities, but it's still an entertaining formula, and DMC4 is proof of that.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    I have had both the best and worst multiplayer battles in this game because the game is balanced very well, but I can’t help but feel like putting a complete focus on multiplayer, and missing out on any tutorial system (besides the odd tip that pops up mid-game occasionally) will lose the game fans.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    The core element of the game is solid and all that needs to be done is some polishing. Hopefully, the next installment in the series will do just that and then we really do have an undisputed champion.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    Overall, it doesn't stray far enough from the parts of "Jak 2" that made it a let-down and, while tolerable, it's a bit of a shame.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    It doesn’t take too long to get the hang of things, and while more professional moves will take practise, feeling like each match relies on you isn’t too far away.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    N+
    While it’s a great game, if you bought your 360 to see high definition graphics and all new gaming experiences, N+ won’t satisfy your modern hunger for High Definition. But if you liked the flash game, rate gameplay over graphics and don’t mind paying just over a fiver for some old fashioned entertainment, buy it… but be prepared to destroy the odd controller at certain difficult levels.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    Although the main quest line is not as long as previous content releases, Point Lookout has a large game environment, with lots of places to explore and several other side quests.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    A good bit of arcade racing fun. It just won’t keep you hooked for that long.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    What we've been given is a game that looks like rallying, but the cars have so much grip, so much power in the brakes, that in the rally sections there's no feeling of driving off road at all.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    CMR2005 is a competant and at times exciting game, but it has two better rivals in "Rallisport Challenge 2" for Xbox owners and the excellent "WRC4" on PlayStation 2.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    If only Codemasters had at least given us the option of something a bit more slippy then this might have been one of the best driving games released this year.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    It’s not quite the genre defining game it could have been, but EA is definitely heading in the right direction.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    The camera, for instance, is more often than not pointing in entirely the wrong direction. It points in the direction that you were last moving but rotates very slowly.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    If all you want is a well-executed platform action game, with no innovations, you can have a really good time with Maximo vs. The Army of Zin, but otherwise steer clear. You’ve seen it all before.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    It’s Football Manager, but online on a vast scale. You can’t beat playing against human managed teams.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    SOCOM 3 doesn’t innovate in any way at all, but it does entertain.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    If you haven’t played Butcher Bay before then that will surely be the highlight and the graphical overhaul really disguises the fact that the game is nearly five years old. However, if you’re a fan of the franchise and looking for a true sequel, then it’s ultimately a let down.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    If you do decide to pick it up you’re unlikely to be disappointed, but it’s also unlikely to set your gaming world on fire.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    If you’re the patient and careful type it’ll suit you. Otherwise, you’ll have to put in a lot of effort.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    Too lightweight to be a truly great RTS. Instead it's an amazing looking diversion that won't tax an intelligent player very much. A missed chance at something very special.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    It’s solid with good visuals and enjoyable racing, but it does nothing new.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 50 Critic Score
    The Quake 4 we have is ultimately not the Quake 4 that was born of four years worth of development. There is just no way in hell. And from a developer this kind of game is appalling.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    It's about being scared out of your wits one minute and then bellowing with laughter at something gruesomely humorous the next.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    The one aspect that does feel out of place though is the game’s approach to sex. Geralt can basically one-night-stand his way through many of the world’s female NPCs, with the game issuing incredibly tacky “sex cards” of the women in each encounter.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    No-one’s going to argue over a couple of quid really, and if you’re looking for a lateral thinking puzzler, there can be no doubt that Sony has brought another unique product to the ever diversifying PlayStation Network. Just try not to fall off the edge.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    Napoleon: Total War shimmers with genius at times. The series is still the undisputed king of strategy games, but this latest expansion takes two steps forward and one step back. The numerous improvements are greatly welcomed, but the core element that is the AI still remains broken and until CA fix it the game remains a flawed diamond.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    Control niggles aside this is a great game. There's imagination in the storyline, context and setting, humour throughout and plenty of fun to be had.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    If you do decide to pick it up you’re unlikely to be disappointed, but it’s also unlikely to set your gaming world on fire.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    As for actual challenge or feeling of gaming accomplishment it doesn’t always succeed in making its mark and it falls all too readily into genre clichés that are already beginning to look stale. A finger across the lens really.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    It’s horribly unbalanced (you can walk out of one boss fight straight into another with no save ability in-between). It’s still a goof game on a purely destructive level – where the hacking and slashing is as good as the series has to offer.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    The phrase fan-service has never been so apt.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    Violence is what makes the game so enjoyable in the first place. It's a little disappointing just how much the game looks and feels like every other Rockstar has released recently, but the shining story and brutality of it all make it all a worthwhile endeavour.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    There’s a good game here, with at least twenty hours of gameplay to keep you occupied, but it’s nothing we haven’t seen before, even if this wasn’t essentially just a re-release with a few added extras.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    There is very little to fault Metal Slug: Anthology. Big guns, big vehicles and some colossal enemies is a combination that seldom comes under serious scrutiny, and of all the big platforming shooters out there, Metal Slug owns the field.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    The continued concentration on stat-grinding rather than creating a game where player skill matters and the lack of real change in the sport really does make me believe that the Tiger Woods franchise needs to take a vacation next year while the whole basis of the franchise is rethought.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    If your nerves are shot to pieces with the glut of zombie gore 'em ups out there Osmos will do a sterling job of rubbing those aching temples and making the nightmares go away.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    Despite being about one of the great composers, music is not an integral part of the game.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    It can’t possibly sustain its ardour, but nevertheless, purely for reasons of bringing Spider-Man to life in the best way possible, this is a spectacular experience.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    Relentless, exhausting and unique, although Full Spectrum Warrior is certainly one of the most innovative strategy games we’ve played for some time, it’s not always a wholly satisfying one- it often feels too much like hard work. Good, but not quite the classic it could have been.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    It won’t set your gaming world on fire, and FIFA might even be the better option (it’s a close call, much closer than on the PS3/360) but if you do have the PS2 version and fancy carrying on with your Master League on the move (and are prepared to put up with the control foibles), or just have to have the latest version, PES 2008 is unlikely to disappoint.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    Sepulveda has so lovingly created? No, absolutely, unequivocally not. Darwinia+ deserves to be experienced by as many people as possible. It’s not going to be for everyone, that’s for certain. Some won’t even give it longer than the first couple of levels (which are painstakingly slow and confusing to boot) or be able to forgive it its frailties.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    Square have tried to give us a chance to tell our own stories through this game, but their rules and prerequisites are often too restricting and the rewards not always enough.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    As it is Tekken 6 comes highly recommended to those who can play it regularly with friends, or to those that are prepared to wait to see if the soon-to-be-released patch really does sort out all of the online issues. Just stay away from the Scenario Campaign mode. It’s six hours of your life you’ll never see again if you don’t.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    If there is to be a sequel, and I join the rising chorus of voices demanding one, it is going to have to properly develop the core (design) gameplay that Tomb Raider: Legend gets back to.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    As good as Trine is it left me slightly wanting due in part to its length-at about 6 hours maximum it’s very short for its price tag. If it’s a higher price, it should be full length.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    If you can get past the problems or are fortunate enough not to care you are going to find a great biking sim with amazing depth and longevity. It’s one of the best loved games on Live, and this release shouldn’t do too much to change that.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    Gran Turismo 5 Prologue is a system selling game, it's too beautiful in adverts and demo mode not to. But it marks a failure of evolution in a series that was once groundbreaking and is now becoming a little stale.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    It’s the sort of game that even the most ardent tactical shooter fans are going to find frustrating.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    And when atmosphere is the only new thing that you bring to the table, it had better be damn near perfect to make a good impression. Hitman: Contracts is just short of that, but is more than enough if you haven’t played Hitman 2.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    Electronic Arts have delivered a pretty good package here for the fans, it looks the part, plays well, and has a good selection of game modes to keep most people happy.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    Geo Wars offers you the same, basic and fun gameplay but with the added twist of a level structure. However, it really is all about shooting and avoiding getting shot. After a few hours play I found I was just stuck in the same groove and the game doesn’t offer much in the way of variety.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    It’s not groundbreaking in any way, but what it does offer is a solid MMORPG that can be just as engaging as the likes of WOW and yet is completely free. This game has quashed the age old myth that free games lack quality.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    Far from disappointing, it’s just not the best in its series and not the innovation that some people might have hoped for.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    I don’t want to give the impression this is just another lazy Star Wars game, because it’s clear a lot of love has gone into the game. But there’s a lack of ambition at the heart of Empire at War that is the ultimate reason for its failure to be a really great strategy game.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    A solid third person shooter, the control system could be a bit better, and the multiplayer is decidedly lacking, but it makes up for it in other areas. It is quite possibly one of the best looking games out there, production values all round are high, and the gameplay itself is a lot of fun, despite the flaws, but the short length of the game means the fun is quite short lived.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    MX vs. ATV Unleashed is hardcore racing action. If you can handle it, you’re a god among insects. If not, say goodbye to any sense of feeling you had in your thumbs.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    Something of a disappointment. One cannot fault EA for trying to bring an intelligent strategy game to the console yet at the same time the removal of the dynamic campaign shows that the publisher wasn't quite convinced the game would fly on the console.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    It’s nice that no feeble attempt was made to force the stylus into the pinball format, but it would have been better to see some more multiplayer options and maybe just a couple more tables. Really, that’s the only thing wrong with this otherwise fantastic title.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    Tales of Vesperia is a well polished, entertaining and charming adventure. It isn’t anything you haven’t seen before, however.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    Personally I'm not a big fan of strategy games, but Greed Corp has made me look at the genre in a different way, if all strategy games had this kind of pacing and fun atmosphere then I think it would be a much more popular type of game right now.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    There are times you want to be challenged, made to think, swept away by something unique and brilliant – and there are times where you just want to kick back and be entertained. For the latter, step up Project: Snowblind.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    There has been an enormous development over the past 10 years in the shooter genre and Perfect Dark obviously can not measure up with the latest in this genre . But if you know what you're getting you'll have plenty of fun with this welcome re-release.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    The new monsters are not as interesting as the original ones, and even though they’re still frightening, they just don’t fill the void left by DOOM 3.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    It’s heritage only goes to highlight its pedigree as solider sci-fi we’re all a little familiar with. Another pint of Saturn’s finest, barman.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    If your emphasis is purely on strategic and tactical gameplay, AoE is unlikely to disappointment. It may lack soul and charm, but AoE has that essential ‘just one more turn before bedtime’ appeal to it. If however you want a more rounded package, something that has charm in addition to gameplay, and one that is likely to live long in the memory afterwards, there are many better suited titles to choose from.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 50 Critic Score
    Underneath the tough exterior is an enjoyable game, but it's impossible to ignore the miserable, unaided struggle to get there and persistent balancing issues throughout.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    A damn good remake of a damn good game.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    SvR as a series is the MVP of videogames. It’s upper-midcard rather than Main Event status, but is destined for greatness if only it can be nurtured and refined in a few areas.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    Big Red One comes across as rather flat and uninspiring online, and even though there's room for 16 players, most maps will feel quite empty.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    There's at least one thing they haven't improved which they should have done though, and that's your team mates AI, I occasionally found my own team mates crashing in to me, an autosave wouldn't have hurt either, but they're just small niggles really.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    And the inclusion of a short, after-thought of an add-on simply isn’t enough to encourage me to urge any of you to spend fifty pounds of your hard earned cash.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    Airborne was supposed to be a WW2 masterpiece, but it failed to be nothing more than a disappointment.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    A lazy effort.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    It’s just a shame that more wasn’t done to combat the repetitiveness as, with more variety, this could have lived up to its massive potential.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    Warband extends the gameplay with new features and multiplayer antics, and the hardcore enthusiasts will be able to overlook the flaws; it is the best medieval horseback combat and real time strategy kingdom building sim role playing game on the market. But then, it's the only one, and the execution of Warband never quite lives up to the excellent concept.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    It's a shame that ArmA II has suffered the same problems as its predecessors.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    What it lost in this pursuit of silver-screen-esque mayhem was subtlety and character. It's a solid First-Person-Shooter – one I would recommend to any fan of the genre – but it doesn't quite possess the same diversity as the first – something I never thought I'd miss.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    Miss the golden age of retro? You’ll have a blast with The Last Guy, and while it’s easy enough for most people to get through if you’re dedicated enough, getting the top grade in any level is enough of a challenge to keep the hardcore working on it for days.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    At its worst, Nexus is painfully ponderous and distantly detached. At its best it's visually stupendous sci-fi spectacular with depth as well as style. The 2001 of Real Time Strategy if you will.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    A return to form for a series that was beginning to loose its way.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    While the next gen consoles got a new facelift the PC version seems to have been an afterthought.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    A lazy effort. Xbox Live play is poorly implemented and those seeking online racing are better off trying the PC version.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    Developers have struggled to create control methods that would allow console games to host the kind of strategy games the PC enjoys. Here Ubisoft has nailed it. So it's just a shame that the strategy game that was tacked onto it is so light.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    It makes it hard to justify paying extra for a game that can be bought cheaper on another console.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    Planning your offensive and defensive attacks plays a massive role and is essentially where the fun lies.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    I think this is a lateral development for the genre. I hail the ambition, I commend the experimentation and I recognise the potential. However, I wish it still didn't sport some of the genre’s silly little annoyances and the whole thing is a little too unbalanced in its execution.

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